2016 Small Grants Program Report
Our community garden began as an employee-driven initiative from the Green Committee in 2012. In the early years our garden was limited to two raised beds of various greens and tomatoes, but it has slowly expanded over the years. In 2015, garden directors along with the help of some CST summer interns built two additional 4’ x 16’ raised beds bringing our total garden area to 384 square feet. Garden space at our Beverly facility was also initiated in 2015 with large ceramic planters that are home to tomatoes, peppers, and herbs which are used by the company chef for summer meals.
The garden program has been a great place for new gardeners to learn tips from staff who have personal knowledge and experience from maintaining gardens at home or at family farms. Our first garden at the Danvers Facility provided food for the company cafeteria. In 2015, we experimented with personal plots, and in 2016 we opted for shared communal harvests. For more info on our garden program as well as pictures of our 2016 harvests click here